Clinic treats chronic pain without using opioids

Dr. Michael Riley explains the principles of CoreCare, a drug free approach to treating pain conditions. [PROVIDED] Opioid abuse often starts with pain medication prescribed for a legitimate pain condition, but an Oklahoma City clinic avoids that potential cycle of abuse by treating chronic pain without drugs or surgery.

“We treat underlying medical issues to avoid prescription medication,” said Dr. Michael Riley, D.C., medical director at Renuva Back & Pain Centers. “But part of combating the problem is acknowledging that pain conditions are real and devastating and people really need relief.”

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter acknowledged the opioid problem in the 2018 Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse Final Report. The report said, in the past 15 years, drug overdose deaths in the state have increased by 91 percent and continue to rise — with 1,000 Oklahomans dying every year from drug overdoses. About 80 percent of heroin users were abusers of prescription painkillers first, according to the report.

More than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain, according to a recent report. In the United States, pain affects more people than heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined.

That’s why Riley and his colleagues at Renuva Back & Pain Centers began to offer a nonsurgical and drug-free treatment as an alternative to medication or risky surgeries. The protocol used is called CoreCareTM.

There are many options for treating chronic pain. These range from simple steps such as over-the-counter medications and physical activity, to more invasive treatments, such as injections or surgery. Pain medications dull the pain, at least for a while, but they can come with unpleasant side effects and a risk of addiction.

Renuva’s CoreCare treatment protocol has successfully relieved chronic pain for people with back and spine damage, ruptured discs, pinched nerves, spinal stenosis, sciatica, neuropathy — even arthritis and severe headaches, Riley said. According to a patient satisfaction survey, 98 percent of Renuva’s patients say they would recommend Renuva to their family and friends.

Riley said he wanted to relieve pain and restore function to patients in a way that other treatments alone could not. He developed CoreCare, Renuva’s most popular treatment, to fix the underlying cause of pain, as opposed to treating just the symptoms.

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